International Women in Engineering Day – meet Tyler, engineering apprentice
Role: Engineering apprentice
Site: Oakdale, South Wales
About your role…
As an engineering apprentice, I get to experience each department within General Dynamics UK to learn different types of skills. My role allows me to gain experience in all areas, so that I can see what I enjoy working on the most. I’m also able to gain qualifications through the programme, including my BTEC Level 3 and NVQ Level 2 and 3.
What are you currently working on at General Dynamics UK?
At the moment, I’m building portable power supply units and cables to help support reliability and growth testing. I’ve also been working on a project which involves programming and building a tank-like robot for my work in college, which has given me additional skills in project management. I find it really interesting, and especially enjoy overcoming difficulties in the programming, as it gives me a great sense of achievement.
“As an apprentice, no two days are the same because you are always working on different aspects of the Company.”
I became interested in engineering when I was little. I was always interested in building and fixing things, and even though I wasn’t very good at it back then, I would always have a go and learn from others. As I got older, I started building things around the house. I was always researching how to fix things and having a go myself. I went to college and did a year-long course in mechanical engineering, and that’s what really sparked my interest – I really enjoyed using the different machines.
What is your favourite thing about engineering?
Once something has been built and finished, you can say that you’ve been part of a team to help produce that product. I find following a process, from the first design idea to the final product, is especially interesting, and it gives me a great sense of accomplishment.
“I would suggest that more girls take up STEM-related subjects, as this will allow you to get into companies such as General Dynamics UK, and kick-start your engineering career!”
Your experience at General Dynamics UK…
My time at General Dynamics UK has been great, and the apprenticeship programme has given me so many skills that I feel I wouldn’t have gained elsewhere. As an apprentice, no two days are the same because you are always working on different aspects of the Company. I have had the opportunity to travel and go to different sites, as well as working on the vehicles in the garage and taking them on trials, which has been really exciting and fun.
What is your advice to young girls who are interested in engineering?
My advice would be to get out of your comfort zone, and never feel that you can’t do an engineering course or apprenticeship because it’s usually a male-oriented industry. You can get hands-on with projects, and won’t be treated any differently to other people. I would also suggest that more girls take up STEM-related subjects, as this will allow you to get into companies such as General Dynamics UK, and kick-start your engineering career!